Pasco Pecora

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Wed., June 18, 1958

Attack Claims Pasco Pecora

Pasco Pecora, 62, 1121 Byrden Ave., died unexpectedly at 6:15 a.m. yesterday at his home. The veteran president of the Lewiston-Clarkston Cherry Growers Assn. Had been working in his garden just before his death, which apparently was due to a heart attack. He had lived here 52 years.

Aurol B. Brown, a migrant harvest worker picking cherries in Pecora's orchard, said Pecora had offered him a cigarette and moments later collapsed. Brown clutched for the orchardist and he died in the itinerant laborer's arms.

He was born at Trenta, Italy, Feb. 22, 1896, and had come to Lewiston as a boy of 10 with his parents. The family settled on the Clearwater River near where the present Potlatch Forests, Inc., millpond is located. He moved to Lewiston Orchards 33 years ago, when the millpond was built, and had lived on Bryden Ave. since then.

Pecora worked for the North Idaho Chemical Co. in addition to his activities as a cherry grower. He was in the middle of this year's harvest at the time of his death.

Pecora was elected president of the cherry growers association in 1952 and had been re-elected every year since then. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and formerly belonged to the Lewiston Valley Grange.

He married Lena Gootz at Spokane Dec. 27, 1925. She survives him. Other survivors include a son, Sam; a daughter, Mrs. Lute Horyna; a sister, Mrs. Mary Greco; and two grandchildren, all of Lewiston.

Rosary will be read at 8 p.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Chapel. Requiem mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, with Rev. Fr. Patrick Phelan as celebrant. Burial will be at Normal Hill Cemetery.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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